Agenda

July

Bally – Swiss Shoes since 1851

Zurich Design Museum, Zurich / CH
– 11.08.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The exhibition “Bally - Swiss Shoes Since 1851” gives an insight into the history of the Swiss shoe manufacturer Bally, tracing the development of shoe design and production up to the present day through numerous models. From the outset, the traditional Swiss company has relied on an overall concept of craftsmanship, industrial innovation and a feel for current trends, earning it an international reputation. In the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to see the entire range of everyday, work and sports shoes and can even try them on!

more

New Human, New Housing - Architecture of the New Frankfurt 1925–1933

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt (Main) / DE
– 18.08.2019
dam-online.de 

The exhibition “New Human, New Housing” at the German Architecture Museum is about the urban development of the New Frankfurt of the 1920s and 30s. During these years, along with the Bauhaus School, Frankfurt became a centre of avant-garde architecture, as the city was redesigned and became a beacon of social, architectural and cultural excellence. Particular focus is given to the construction of housing estates, which were made possible by the industrialisation of the building industry.

more

Like you! Freundschaft digital und analog

Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt / DE
– 01.09.2019
mfk-frankfurt.de 

As studies have shown many times, having friends is a basic human need, because loneliness makes you ill (↗ form 280, p. 70). The exhibition “Like You! Friendship – Digital and Analogue” asks what constitutes friendship and, above all, what changes digital media and means of communication are causing in this respect. Arranged into sections entitled “Making Friends”, “Having Friends”, and “Losing Friends” this special kind of interpersonal relationship is examined throughout all eras. The “discovery table” then offers the possibility of interacting and exchanging information with one another, either analogously or digitally, from using messages sent by note to those sent by robots. The supporting programme of guided tours, discussions, workshops, and film screenings is aimed at both adults and children.

more

Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

MUMOK, Vienna / AT
– 08.09.2019
mumok.at 

Varying Adolf Loos’ maxim “ornament and crime”, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna will present the exhibition “Pattern and Decoration. Ornament As Promise”. With exhibits from the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig, it is one of the largest exhibitions on the US movement of the same name in German-speaking countries since the 1980s. The exhibits include mosaics, textile collages, paintings, installations, and performances by artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, and Robert Kushner. The works are united by their striving to integrate colour, variety of forms, and emotion into art again and therefore are also to be understood as a deliberate alternative to the purism of 1960s art.

more

Eric Carle‘s picture books: 50th anniversary of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Wilhelm Busch – The German Museum for Caricature and the Art of Drawing, Hannover / DE
– 08.09.2019
karikatur-museum.de/en/ 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been inspiring children and parents all over the world for 50 years now. The author and illustrator of this wonderful story, Eric Carle, is also celebrating this year as it is his 90th birthday. From May to September 2019, the Wilhelm Busch – German Museum for Caricature and the Art of Drawing is the only museum in Europe to be holding a birthday exhibition from May to September 2019 featuring original works from 23 picture books. The exhibition has been designed in collaboration with Eric Carle and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art which he founded in 2002. As well as having his pictures on display, the exhibition uses photos, videos, and various material examples, to convey an insight into Carle’s working methods and his life’s work.

more

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/ Rhine / DE
– 08.09.2019
design-museum.de 

For the first time, the “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for People” retrospective held at the Vitra Design Museum presents an exhibition on
the complete works by the architect and urban planner Balkrishna V. Doshi (born 1927). Doshi was the first Indian to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2018. In India he is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, whose design principles, however, he does not simply adopt wholesale, but al- ways interprets them for the given cultural context. The exhibition brings together his most significant works from the period 1958 to 2014, including projects involving the planning of entire cities or settlements as well as designs for universities, government and administrative buildings, private houses, and interiors. His work will be illustrated with drawings, models, photographs, film material, and various walk-in installations; additionally his relationships with colleagues such as Le Corbusier or Christopher Alexander.

more

Sein und Design. 100 Jahre Bauhaus

Münchner Volkshochschule, München / DE
– 15.09.2019
mvhs.de 

On the occasion of the Bauhaus centenary, the Munich Volkshochschule is offering a comprehensive programme on the subject. The idea is to approach the phenomenon from several perspectives – with guided tours, lectures, workshops and even a study trip. What are the innovative ideas Bauhaus gave us? Which visions have had a worldwide impact? Why does the Bauhaus concept continue to fascinate us today? Which of the ideas are still relevant today? Through visual presentations, film evenings followed by lectures, weekend seminars, guided tours and excursions, anyone who is interested can devote themselves to the different aspects of Bauhaus, be it architecture, music, literature or art.

more

Neuhaus

Het Nieuwe Instituut , Rotterdam / NL
– 15.09.2019
hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

In the Netherlands, too, various institutions are jumping on the bandwagon of the Bauhaus centenary. Against this background, this spring the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam will be- come the “Neuhaus”, an ever-evolving learning environment that is explicitly dedicated to “other” knowledge for a period of five months. As a result, it will not be a glorification of Bauhaus, but rather a translation of the spirit of that time into the present day. The Institute sees “Neuhaus” as an opportunity to generate new, different know- ledge and thus, at its best, to escape the often destructive status quo. Interested parties will have the opportunity to apply as “Neuhäusler” via a call for auditions and to actively contribute to the programme.

more

Contemporary Muslim Fashions

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

The market for “Modest Fashion” is booming worldwide and is influencing the fashion industry more than ever before. The phenomenon of contemporary Muslim fashions has been given a dedicated show of the same name. The content of the show was developed at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and is now being presented for the first time in Europe at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt. The exhibition, which sees itself as providing a snapshot of Muslim fashion, thus initiates not merely an aesthetic but also a socio-political discourse. Individual style and young fashion serve as an impetus for talking about tradition and politics, cultural identity, gender understanding and personal freedoms.

more

Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (Main) / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

“The only salvation: Beauty” – The Austrian graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister, who works in New York, recognised this at an early stage, and pushed it to the point of engraving onto his own body. Beauty is what concerned him over many years, he who designed for pop stars such as Lou Reed and became an acclaimed graphic artist with all the trappings, such as groupies taking selfies with him and the stretch limousine in which he attended a concert by the Rolling Stones. Beauty has occupied his thoughts for years. He has pondered it, questioned colleagues of all genders, and finally put together an exhibition and an accompanying book with his studio partner, Jessica Walsh, that present attitudes to beauty ranging from urban planning to graphic design. Both will now be presented in Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst, curated by the artist and designer Peter Zizka.

more

Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden / DE
– 18.09.2019
dhmd.de 

The sun enables and influences life on earth like nothing else. It is the energy source, rhythm generator, and centre of our planetary system – and has not yet been completely researched, not by far. No wonder, therefore, that mankind has always had a special relationship with this star. The “Shine on Me. The Sun and Us” exhibition is dedicated to the sun and the many facets of its scientific and cultural significance. Divided into seven areas, its role is examined as a deity, timer, symbol, emitter of light, health factor, energy source, and star. From ancient rituals to modern technology, this covers a broad spectrum of human history. The topic is made more accessible to both children and adults with an accompanying programme of lectures, discussions, readings, and guided tours.

more

Company: Secret Universe

Designmuseo , Helsinki / FI
– 22.09.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In 2007, Aamu Song and Johan Olin founded the Company design studio. For the first time, the Design Museum in Helsinki is dedicating an exhibition to the studio, which specialises in traditional folk crafts. On their travels around the world, Song and Olin have visited numerous workshops and craftsmen in Japan, Russia, and Mexico. The knowledge and skills obtained as a result have been translated into art objects, clothing, accessories, and furniture. In their work, the duo is primarily concerned with draw- ing attention to aspects such as craftsmanship threatened with extinction and our unsustainable consumer culture. In addition to displaying finished prod- ucts, the exhibition also shows the studio’s artistic design process – starting with the research trip all the way to actual production.

more

Unlabel. Fashion beyond categorization

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / AT
– 29.09.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch/en/ 

Fashion is a way of relating to one another, a projection surface of social constructs, and therefore in most cases still clearly defined by stereotypical images of men and women. “Unlabel - Fashion beyond categorization” is an exhibition by students of the Master’s programme in Art Education, Curatorial Studies at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. It deals with the fashionable, social and socially established understanding of gender and the resulting exclusions and demarcations.

more

Politics of Design, Design of Politics

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 29.09.2019
dnstdm.de 

With the exhibition “Friedrich von Borries. Politics of Design – Design of Politics”, the Neue Sammlung continues its exhibition series on contemporary positions in design, launched in 2015, and now in its fourth year. Under the conceptual direction of Friedrich von Borries, the exhibition breaks down museum boundaries in the permanent collection and combines museum pieces with DIY objects contributed by participants in an open call. The heart of the exhibition is its aim to question the interaction between design and politics: To what extent are design objects products of political dynamics? How can design contribute to changing these dynamics? These questions will be discussed in the context of the exhibition in workshops with representatives from politics, science, and culture.

more

Living in a Box. Design und Comics

Vitra Schaudepot, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.10.2019
design-museum.de 

“What an uncomfortable chair”, moans Moominpappa from the popular Swedish comic “Moomin”, back in 1958, as he tries out the 1938 Grupo Austral Butterfly Chair.  Moominpapa prefers practical and traditional things. Since comics have become socially relevant, design has taken on the mediating role between the imagined comic world and our everyday lives. From 24 May 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will be presenting this exciting relationship in the exhibition “Living in a Box” at the Vitra Schaudepot using examples of cartoons, graphic novels and complementary design objects. It places the interaction of design and fiction in both a historical and highly topical context in a playful way.

more

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 20.10.2019
vam.ac.uk 

From gastronomic experiments to urban farming projects, the current exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores our relationship to food. The exhibition presents over 70 projects that take a new look at our food culture and radically rethink our understanding of food production, trade and consumption. In exciting collaborations between artists and designers on the one hand, and chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities on the other, a range of answers to a topic of growing global interest emerges. Cheese cultivated from human bacteria, insect sausages, the role of the table and the challenge of feeding the world’s population can all be experienced in many different ways.

more

Conversation Piece

Design Museum, Holon / IL
– 26.10.2019
dmh.org.il 

The group exhibition with the work- ing title “Conversation Piece” in the Design Museum Holon in Israel will deal with the dialogue between two or more designers, which is part of every- day life in their creative work. Work- ing in a team can be a source of inspiration, but also always requires the agreement of all participants to be able to think freely at all times and to treat their counterparts with respect in order to create an open atmosphere free of fear. To this end, the exhibition invites designers from around the world to visualise, interpret, and document their creative dialogues – in the form of objects, spaces or interactive works that involve the visitor directly in the conversation.

more

Game of Drones. Von unbemannten Flugobjekten

Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen / DE
– 03.11.2019
zeppelin-museum.de/ 

By 2020, it is expected that more than 7 million drones will be in the skies in Europe.  Describing the ambivalent character of drones, Ina Neddermeyer, the exhibition’s curator, says, “It is a technology that unites complete opposites and therefore offers numerous possibilities for being adapted, especially from an artistic perspective.” Drones have arrived on the mass market and enjoy general social acceptance – even in the civilian sector. In staging this exhibition, the Zeppelin Museum is the first German museum to examine this technology couched between science and art which, in view of its considerable influence, has received very little attention so far.  

more

Jewelry Making: Past & Present

The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem / IL
– 16.11.2019
islamicart.co.il 

The exhibition “Jewellery Making: Past & Present” at the Museum for Islamic Art is divided into three different sections, which look at jewellery making from different perspectives. The first presents examples of religious, ritual and historical artefacts from Christianity, Islam and Judaism, providing insights into cultural and ethnic identities. A second section includes objects by contemporary artists that have been inspired by motifs and designs of historical, Islamic jewellery, thereby juxtaposing tradition and change. The final part of the exhibition is dedicated to the jewellery collection of the singer Ofra Haza.

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Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

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111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

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Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

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Thonet & Design

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

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August

Bally – Swiss Shoes since 1851

Zurich Design Museum, Zurich / CH
– 11.08.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The exhibition “Bally - Swiss Shoes Since 1851” gives an insight into the history of the Swiss shoe manufacturer Bally, tracing the development of shoe design and production up to the present day through numerous models. From the outset, the traditional Swiss company has relied on an overall concept of craftsmanship, industrial innovation and a feel for current trends, earning it an international reputation. In the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to see the entire range of everyday, work and sports shoes and can even try them on!

more

New Human, New Housing - Architecture of the New Frankfurt 1925–1933

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt (Main) / DE
– 18.08.2019
dam-online.de 

The exhibition “New Human, New Housing” at the German Architecture Museum is about the urban development of the New Frankfurt of the 1920s and 30s. During these years, along with the Bauhaus School, Frankfurt became a centre of avant-garde architecture, as the city was redesigned and became a beacon of social, architectural and cultural excellence. Particular focus is given to the construction of housing estates, which were made possible by the industrialisation of the building industry.

more

Like you! Freundschaft digital und analog

Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt / DE
– 01.09.2019
mfk-frankfurt.de 

As studies have shown many times, having friends is a basic human need, because loneliness makes you ill (↗ form 280, p. 70). The exhibition “Like You! Friendship – Digital and Analogue” asks what constitutes friendship and, above all, what changes digital media and means of communication are causing in this respect. Arranged into sections entitled “Making Friends”, “Having Friends”, and “Losing Friends” this special kind of interpersonal relationship is examined throughout all eras. The “discovery table” then offers the possibility of interacting and exchanging information with one another, either analogously or digitally, from using messages sent by note to those sent by robots. The supporting programme of guided tours, discussions, workshops, and film screenings is aimed at both adults and children.

more

Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

MUMOK, Vienna / AT
– 08.09.2019
mumok.at 

Varying Adolf Loos’ maxim “ornament and crime”, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna will present the exhibition “Pattern and Decoration. Ornament As Promise”. With exhibits from the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig, it is one of the largest exhibitions on the US movement of the same name in German-speaking countries since the 1980s. The exhibits include mosaics, textile collages, paintings, installations, and performances by artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, and Robert Kushner. The works are united by their striving to integrate colour, variety of forms, and emotion into art again and therefore are also to be understood as a deliberate alternative to the purism of 1960s art.

more

Eric Carle‘s picture books: 50th anniversary of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Wilhelm Busch – The German Museum for Caricature and the Art of Drawing, Hannover / DE
– 08.09.2019
karikatur-museum.de/en/ 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been inspiring children and parents all over the world for 50 years now. The author and illustrator of this wonderful story, Eric Carle, is also celebrating this year as it is his 90th birthday. From May to September 2019, the Wilhelm Busch – German Museum for Caricature and the Art of Drawing is the only museum in Europe to be holding a birthday exhibition from May to September 2019 featuring original works from 23 picture books. The exhibition has been designed in collaboration with Eric Carle and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art which he founded in 2002. As well as having his pictures on display, the exhibition uses photos, videos, and various material examples, to convey an insight into Carle’s working methods and his life’s work.

more

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/ Rhine / DE
– 08.09.2019
design-museum.de 

For the first time, the “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for People” retrospective held at the Vitra Design Museum presents an exhibition on
the complete works by the architect and urban planner Balkrishna V. Doshi (born 1927). Doshi was the first Indian to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2018. In India he is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, whose design principles, however, he does not simply adopt wholesale, but al- ways interprets them for the given cultural context. The exhibition brings together his most significant works from the period 1958 to 2014, including projects involving the planning of entire cities or settlements as well as designs for universities, government and administrative buildings, private houses, and interiors. His work will be illustrated with drawings, models, photographs, film material, and various walk-in installations; additionally his relationships with colleagues such as Le Corbusier or Christopher Alexander.

more

Sein und Design. 100 Jahre Bauhaus

Münchner Volkshochschule, München / DE
– 15.09.2019
mvhs.de 

On the occasion of the Bauhaus centenary, the Munich Volkshochschule is offering a comprehensive programme on the subject. The idea is to approach the phenomenon from several perspectives – with guided tours, lectures, workshops and even a study trip. What are the innovative ideas Bauhaus gave us? Which visions have had a worldwide impact? Why does the Bauhaus concept continue to fascinate us today? Which of the ideas are still relevant today? Through visual presentations, film evenings followed by lectures, weekend seminars, guided tours and excursions, anyone who is interested can devote themselves to the different aspects of Bauhaus, be it architecture, music, literature or art.

more

Neuhaus

Het Nieuwe Instituut , Rotterdam / NL
– 15.09.2019
hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

In the Netherlands, too, various institutions are jumping on the bandwagon of the Bauhaus centenary. Against this background, this spring the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam will be- come the “Neuhaus”, an ever-evolving learning environment that is explicitly dedicated to “other” knowledge for a period of five months. As a result, it will not be a glorification of Bauhaus, but rather a translation of the spirit of that time into the present day. The Institute sees “Neuhaus” as an opportunity to generate new, different know- ledge and thus, at its best, to escape the often destructive status quo. Interested parties will have the opportunity to apply as “Neuhäusler” via a call for auditions and to actively contribute to the programme.

more

Contemporary Muslim Fashions

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

The market for “Modest Fashion” is booming worldwide and is influencing the fashion industry more than ever before. The phenomenon of contemporary Muslim fashions has been given a dedicated show of the same name. The content of the show was developed at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and is now being presented for the first time in Europe at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt. The exhibition, which sees itself as providing a snapshot of Muslim fashion, thus initiates not merely an aesthetic but also a socio-political discourse. Individual style and young fashion serve as an impetus for talking about tradition and politics, cultural identity, gender understanding and personal freedoms.

more

Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (Main) / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

“The only salvation: Beauty” – The Austrian graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister, who works in New York, recognised this at an early stage, and pushed it to the point of engraving onto his own body. Beauty is what concerned him over many years, he who designed for pop stars such as Lou Reed and became an acclaimed graphic artist with all the trappings, such as groupies taking selfies with him and the stretch limousine in which he attended a concert by the Rolling Stones. Beauty has occupied his thoughts for years. He has pondered it, questioned colleagues of all genders, and finally put together an exhibition and an accompanying book with his studio partner, Jessica Walsh, that present attitudes to beauty ranging from urban planning to graphic design. Both will now be presented in Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst, curated by the artist and designer Peter Zizka.

more

Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden / DE
– 18.09.2019
dhmd.de 

The sun enables and influences life on earth like nothing else. It is the energy source, rhythm generator, and centre of our planetary system – and has not yet been completely researched, not by far. No wonder, therefore, that mankind has always had a special relationship with this star. The “Shine on Me. The Sun and Us” exhibition is dedicated to the sun and the many facets of its scientific and cultural significance. Divided into seven areas, its role is examined as a deity, timer, symbol, emitter of light, health factor, energy source, and star. From ancient rituals to modern technology, this covers a broad spectrum of human history. The topic is made more accessible to both children and adults with an accompanying programme of lectures, discussions, readings, and guided tours.

more

Company: Secret Universe

Designmuseo , Helsinki / FI
– 22.09.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In 2007, Aamu Song and Johan Olin founded the Company design studio. For the first time, the Design Museum in Helsinki is dedicating an exhibition to the studio, which specialises in traditional folk crafts. On their travels around the world, Song and Olin have visited numerous workshops and craftsmen in Japan, Russia, and Mexico. The knowledge and skills obtained as a result have been translated into art objects, clothing, accessories, and furniture. In their work, the duo is primarily concerned with draw- ing attention to aspects such as craftsmanship threatened with extinction and our unsustainable consumer culture. In addition to displaying finished prod- ucts, the exhibition also shows the studio’s artistic design process – starting with the research trip all the way to actual production.

more

Unlabel. Fashion beyond categorization

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / AT
– 29.09.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch/en/ 

Fashion is a way of relating to one another, a projection surface of social constructs, and therefore in most cases still clearly defined by stereotypical images of men and women. “Unlabel - Fashion beyond categorization” is an exhibition by students of the Master’s programme in Art Education, Curatorial Studies at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. It deals with the fashionable, social and socially established understanding of gender and the resulting exclusions and demarcations.

more

Politics of Design, Design of Politics

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 29.09.2019
dnstdm.de 

With the exhibition “Friedrich von Borries. Politics of Design – Design of Politics”, the Neue Sammlung continues its exhibition series on contemporary positions in design, launched in 2015, and now in its fourth year. Under the conceptual direction of Friedrich von Borries, the exhibition breaks down museum boundaries in the permanent collection and combines museum pieces with DIY objects contributed by participants in an open call. The heart of the exhibition is its aim to question the interaction between design and politics: To what extent are design objects products of political dynamics? How can design contribute to changing these dynamics? These questions will be discussed in the context of the exhibition in workshops with representatives from politics, science, and culture.

more

Living in a Box. Design und Comics

Vitra Schaudepot, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.10.2019
design-museum.de 

“What an uncomfortable chair”, moans Moominpappa from the popular Swedish comic “Moomin”, back in 1958, as he tries out the 1938 Grupo Austral Butterfly Chair.  Moominpapa prefers practical and traditional things. Since comics have become socially relevant, design has taken on the mediating role between the imagined comic world and our everyday lives. From 24 May 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will be presenting this exciting relationship in the exhibition “Living in a Box” at the Vitra Schaudepot using examples of cartoons, graphic novels and complementary design objects. It places the interaction of design and fiction in both a historical and highly topical context in a playful way.

more

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 20.10.2019
vam.ac.uk 

From gastronomic experiments to urban farming projects, the current exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores our relationship to food. The exhibition presents over 70 projects that take a new look at our food culture and radically rethink our understanding of food production, trade and consumption. In exciting collaborations between artists and designers on the one hand, and chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities on the other, a range of answers to a topic of growing global interest emerges. Cheese cultivated from human bacteria, insect sausages, the role of the table and the challenge of feeding the world’s population can all be experienced in many different ways.

more

Conversation Piece

Design Museum, Holon / IL
– 26.10.2019
dmh.org.il 

The group exhibition with the work- ing title “Conversation Piece” in the Design Museum Holon in Israel will deal with the dialogue between two or more designers, which is part of every- day life in their creative work. Work- ing in a team can be a source of inspiration, but also always requires the agreement of all participants to be able to think freely at all times and to treat their counterparts with respect in order to create an open atmosphere free of fear. To this end, the exhibition invites designers from around the world to visualise, interpret, and document their creative dialogues – in the form of objects, spaces or interactive works that involve the visitor directly in the conversation.

more

Game of Drones. Von unbemannten Flugobjekten

Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen / DE
– 03.11.2019
zeppelin-museum.de/ 

By 2020, it is expected that more than 7 million drones will be in the skies in Europe.  Describing the ambivalent character of drones, Ina Neddermeyer, the exhibition’s curator, says, “It is a technology that unites complete opposites and therefore offers numerous possibilities for being adapted, especially from an artistic perspective.” Drones have arrived on the mass market and enjoy general social acceptance – even in the civilian sector. In staging this exhibition, the Zeppelin Museum is the first German museum to examine this technology couched between science and art which, in view of its considerable influence, has received very little attention so far.  

more

Jewelry Making: Past & Present

The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem / IL
– 16.11.2019
islamicart.co.il 

The exhibition “Jewellery Making: Past & Present” at the Museum for Islamic Art is divided into three different sections, which look at jewellery making from different perspectives. The first presents examples of religious, ritual and historical artefacts from Christianity, Islam and Judaism, providing insights into cultural and ethnic identities. A second section includes objects by contemporary artists that have been inspired by motifs and designs of historical, Islamic jewellery, thereby juxtaposing tradition and change. The final part of the exhibition is dedicated to the jewellery collection of the singer Ofra Haza.

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Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

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111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

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Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

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Thonet & Design

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

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